There’s no mistaking the special literary marketing appeal of this Upper East Side apartment once owned by John Steinbeck. The accompanying video for the $4.95 million listing for 190 East 72nd Street #34CD says it all about how it was once inhabited by one of America’s greatest writers.

In fact, Steinbeck’s writing desk continues to hold residency in a small study with unobstructed views that’s dedicated to the Nobel laureate, including his original furniture, poster, and mementos.

John Steinbeck's writing desk

John Steinbeck’s writing desk is in this study in the apartment where he once lived.

The 4,100-square-foot combined unit would be compelling enough, even without this significant bit of artistic history. The 34th floor unit is in mint condition, having just undergone a complete renovation. It features 6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms and stellar views to the west and south.

The full-service co-op building has 24-hour doorman service, a gym, bike room and rooftop lounge. C.B. Whyte of Stribling has this notable listing. Click through the slideshow below to see more: